In Memoriam: Mark Adkins (1974-2018)

Toronto, May 14, 2018 — We deeply regret to announce that Mark Adkins, Managing Partner of McCarthy Tétrault’s New York office, passed away on May 11th. He leaves behind his wife Wendy and two young sons Jake and Rye. We wish to extend our sincerest and deepest condolences to Mark’s family.

Since joining McCarthy Tétrault, Mark has made significant and lasting contributions to our firm. He played the key and leading role in the opening of our New York office, and through his tremendous talent he built a strong foundation. Mark’s vision was for the New York office and our extended team to play the role of both legal and cultural ambassadors for clients on both sides of the border, and his leadership made this vision a reality.

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“Mark was a great partner. He was a nice guy, funny, talented, intelligent, decent and kind,” said Dave Leonard, CEO. “His passing is heartbreaking; he had so much to live for and touched many lives. To lose Mark is tragic beyond words.” 

Mark was a skilled business lawyer who began his practice in Toronto and has been a cross-border deal lawyer in New York City for almost 15 years. With deep roots and connections in the North American M&A and private equity markets, Mark was a frequent speaker and author. He served as a director and corporate secretary of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and was a past director of the Canadian Association of New York.

Mark has left an indelible impression on the firm both personally and professionally, for which we are truly grateful. Our New York office, following Mark’s leadership and in accordance with his wishes, will continue to support our clients, building on his tremendous accomplishments.